Okay, wow. I am going to have to start this comment before I finish the podcast.
Elizabeth Harper: If you want to host this podcast, let me say this: please, by all means, take over. If you can wrestle the mic from Ross, that is. I won't beg you, because that's rude, but I am almost about to quit listening all together, and I really think this podcast could be awesome.
Escapist: If you ever want to have a music section, I think that Ross could talk enough about it to over-take your game journalism. You won't even have to pay him, he won't shut up about it when talking about... anything.
All panelists other than Ross: Feel free to give an audible sigh of frustration any time Ross has rambled for more than five minutes. I know I start cursing after this happens twice in the first fifteen minutes.
Most important quote from Ross I have heard, taken completely out of context: "I made the mistake of, like, I think I front-loaded this..." 23:04 to 23:10.
Perfect summation of any and every topic he starts. Should be a t-shirt, then burned in sacrifice to some deity.
Breaking news: Ross is uncomfortable with a person with similar political views not having the same exact opinion as him. Clock time to get to this point: 2 minutes
I love how Ross wraps his dia(tribe)logue about politics around what Bob says, any time Bob disagrees with Ross. Ross will agree at the start of a comment, then slowly talk around the topic back to what he actually thinks again. Its funny in a "jesus, either disagree with Bob and make your point and/or shut up" kind of way. So, not so much funny as terribly, terribly painful.
55:58 - Another important time, when someone talks over Ross rather than the reverse. I think I can count on one hand how many times this has happened in the entire run of the show. I can count on two hands how many times Ross does this every episode.
I am excited to see the video of the other panelists trying desperately to not look bored and annoyed while Ross seizes control of the narrative relentlessly. Probably to wax faux-philosophic on how relevant Jazz-rap is to modern cinematographical scores, or something.
God, I hope they are half as bored as me. I hope I am not the only one.
As usual, Ross talks too much, Ross interrupts too much and Ross gets things wrong because he's talking to people and not producing a carefully researched and edited written essay. Just like Gary Oldman was. (And again, I will say Ross is actually quite smart and interesting, but he should just have his own Podcast instead of "hosting" two here, with the same general flaws in each.)
Lastly, if you are going to have a woman on your panel to act like "good little liberals", then the least you could do is give her some speaking time. You should do a word-count for each speaker and think seriously about it. It's not that you should give her more time because she's a woman -- you should do it because she's a third person and the only woman you have on the panel. Women don't exist simply to tick off your "Feminist" check-box most of the time and then get hauled on-stage when you want to talk about "leading women in film" or some other overtly female-oriented subject.
Yeah! Give Ross his own podcast! He could host it himself, with no guests and it would be twice as long, since he wouldn't have to pretend he had other guests to give speaking time.
I am not sure I would go so far as to say that there is a woman on the podcast just to maintain their "liberal" image, but the guests other than Bob do tend to get shortchanged. Ross will ask Bob far more respectfully and frequently his opinion, mainly because, lets face it, Bob is their star power. But he gets just as shorted of time as the other members of the group. It just feels a little worse, cause the third/fourth panelists don't get their obligatory star time minimum, and all the third panelists are women.
A male on the third seat would get as little time as the others, maybe three minutes tops of talking time, is all I am trying to say.
I am really sorry if I am overblowing my singular opinion on this.
Maybe others generally enjoy the podcast as it is. I haven't listened to the comics and cosplay podcast, maybe Ross is far better on that 'cast. But I am pretty much done.
I don't think I can stand another "Ross Talks: Plus other people chime in, when he needs to catch his breath." Ross is not a bad person, nor a villain. He is just not a good host for this show. I would have thought he was going to curtail his worst habits a little over time, but it hasn't gotten the least bit better since the first episode.
I just feel like I need to say something, before I give up listening completely. Tenth time's the charm guys...